Google faces complaint in Russia over YouTube terms. Комментарий Виталия Дианова, партнера антимонопольной практики Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner Russia для Global Competition Review


A Russian public interest group has accused Google of abusing its dominance in the market for social network video hosting by arbitrarily blocking accounts and using an opaque algorithm to determine which results appear on its YouTube service.

The Regional Public Centre for Internet Technologies (ROCIT), which aims to protect internet users and study their interactions with digital platforms, last week filed a complaint with Russia’s Federal Antimonopoly Service.

The FAS has focused on Google over the past few years, with several other complaints being filed against the company, said Vitaly Dianov, a partner at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner in Moscow.

Russian-owned Yandex is the market leader in many parts of Russia’s digital economy, Dianov explained, but Google remains the top player among video platforms. The US-based company has competitors, but they are much weaker than YouTube, he added.

There have been dozens of complaints against companies in digital markets, but most of them are against Yandex, Dianov said. The FAS seems hesitant to launch a big investigation against the Russian company, despite its dominance in many markets, so Google often becomes the target, he said. “I would not be surprised if the case goes forward,” he predicted.



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